Boxer Amir Khan has urged Prince William and Kate to “sit together and resolve the situation” with Harry and Meghan.
Khan, who met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their “away day” in Bradford, said the Sussexes had made “rash decisions” but he believed Meghan would always be welcome in the UK.
The Olympic gold medallist said he had read about the royal crisis and Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as “senior” royals.
Khan said: “Obviously I’m British, I’ve lived in England all my life, I’m always welcome in this country and always taken care of and I feel like Meghan will always be welcome because the people in Britain are very loving."
Khan met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the flagship MyLahore restaurant in Bradford as the royals visited locals and community schemes in the city.
He added: “I’ve been in many places around the world, I’ve travelled around the world, from America to Pakistan to England and always come back to England because that’s my home.
“If you start making rash decisions, you start making mistakes and I think they just have to sit together and resolve the situation.
“I just feel at the end of the day it is family and especially the royal family that everyone looks up to as well, they need to sort things out amicably and sit down and resolve the situation because it’s only going to get worse if you don’t.
“I don’t think England is a racist country, we’ve been living here and are well respected and welcome.
“Every family has its difficulties for sure but it’s about sitting together and resolving them. I don’t feel for the family and we wish them all the very best.”
Asked whether he experienced any forms of racism, he said: “I don’t experience that at all, I feel love from everyone. I won the Olympic medal, I won world titles for the country and I am well looked after, I’m probably wanted here and I am loved by the British public.
“I’ve had opportunities to move away from England and live elsewhere but I’ve always wanted to come back home because I am most loved here.
“All I hope for them is that they sort it out together and I wish them the very best.”
Founded in 2002, the British Asian restaurant chain at the centre of the community runs apprenticeships for local college students as well as giving free meals to the homeless and needy.
William and Kate were welcomed by CEO Asghar Ali who shared how the restaurant’s inspiration started in Lahore, known as the food capital of Pakistan.
The royals visited Lahore during their tour to Pakistan last October with William remarking: “We had the most wonderful time, it was amazing, everyone was so welcome.”
Speaking to Khan, the Duke said: “It wasn’t until we were in the country that we could really appreciate how culture, food and the community are everything, it was an amazing experience, we had a great time there.”
Khan told Kate how his wife, Faryal Makhdoom, was desperate to meet the Duchess but is currently eight months pregnant.
He said: “She really wanted to meet you but she just couldn’t leave the house as she’s heavily pregnant at the moment.”
The royal couple collectively exclaimed “congratulations” as Kate added: “That’s such wonderful news.”
After taking turns to make mango and kulfi milkshakes, the couple discussed sports and mental health with the boxer, who runs his own charitable foundation that helps disadvantaged children get into boxing.
He told William: “I’ve seen what you’ve been doing with mental health, it’s amazing. Please, if there’s anything I can do for you, with your charities, in the UK or in Pakistan, please let me know, I would love to help.”
The Duke, who is spearheading the Heads Up campaign with football clubs across Britain, replied: “That would be great, we are really trying to break the stigma around mental health and football and especially around the suicide rates in young men
"I’d love to know whether you experience the same in boxing, there’s certainly something that could be done with clubs at the centre of their community."
The Duke and Duchess stayed at the restaurant for about an hour, watching young chefs from Bradford College cooking in the kitchens.